ARCHIVE - 13 December 2012

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Business

Bulgaria to Unveil Concession Bids for Port Burgas-West in Feb
Google, bTV Awarded as Strongest Brands in Bulgaria
S&P Affirms Ratings on Bulgaria at BBB/A-2
Hanke: Bulgaria Performs a Bit Better than Average
IAEA Recommends Improvements to Bulgaria's Nuclear Plant
Bulgaria, Serbia to Ink Gas Connection Deal
3 Units of Varna Thermal Power Plant to Get Sulfur Purification Facilities
Bulgaria's Faltering Military Giant Goes for All-out Strike
Sofia Airport Center Grabs 2 of Bulgaria's 'Building of the Year' Awards

Politics

Bulgarian Ex-President Slams Rulers for Saying Obama Likes Them
Bulgaria Condemns North Korea's Rocket Launch
Bulgaria Pledges Full Support to Syrian Opposition Forces
PM Borisov: Macedonia Is Bulgaria's 'Best Friend'
FM: Bulgaria Strongly Supports Georgia's EU Bid
Ex EU Commissioner: Bulgaria Blundered by Blocking Macedonia's EU Talks Date
Bulgaria's GDP per Capita Just 44% of EU Average
Former Bulgarian Presidents Slam EU Blocking of Macedonia
Bulgaria's R&D Spending Over Three Times Less than EU Average
European Parliament Backs Financial Transaction Tax in 11 Countries
Eurozone Bank Union Deal Agreed
Bulgaria's Ruling Party Pushes Back-Door Changes to Electoral System
Bomb Threats Close 2 Courts in Varna, 1 in Sofia

Society

Sofia Hosts 108 Ghettos Inhabited by over 2000 People - Survey
Bulgarian PM Admits He Was Sleepy at Nobel Prize Ceremony
Code Orange over Severe Cold Declared for W Bulgaria
Bulgaria Cracks under Record Cold
Bulgarian Health Committee Upholds Full Smoking Ban
Non-Smokers Rise Up Against Tobacco-Addicts in Bulgaria

Sports

Hooligans End Challenge Cup Volleyball Game in Bulgaria

Crime

Bulgaria Top Cop Implicates Ex-Min's Son in Major VAT Scam
Bulgarian Court Releases Notorious 'Octopus' on House Arrest
Bomb Threat Closes Mall in Sofia Yet Again
Bulgarian Police Nab 12 Footballers for Illegal Betting
British Pervert Fled to Bulgaria for 3 Years

Smiles

Customs Check

World

Russia Says Assad Is Losing Control
UK Gives Green Light to Shale Gas 'Fracking'

Novinite Insider

'Spineful' Bulgarian Position on Macedonia (and EU) At Last!
Reflections on the World's Monetary Mess

Business

Bulgaria to Unveil Concession Bids for Port Burgas-West in Feb

The concession procedure for Bulgaria's port terminal Burgas-West is underway and the candidates can file documents by January 28, 2013.

Business | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 16:01

Google, bTV Awarded as Strongest Brands in Bulgaria

Google is the strongest global brand in Bulgaria, while private bTV channel is the best Bulgarian brand, shows a survey of the local consumer segment by Superbrands, the world's largest independent arbiter of brands.

Business | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 13:53

S&P Affirms Ratings on Bulgaria at BBB/A-2

Standard & Poor's ratings agency has affirmed its long- and short-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings on Bulgaria at 'BBB/A-2'.

Business » Finance | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 14:57

Hanke: Bulgaria Performs a Bit Better than Average

Bulgaria is performing a little bit better than the average in a very hostile environment, Steve Hanke, the architect of the country's currency board regime, said at a conference in Sofia.

Business » Finance | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 12:24

IAEA Recommends Improvements to Bulgaria's Nuclear Plant

The International Atomic Energy Agency has recommended several improvements to Bulgaria's sole nuclear power plant, Kozloduy.

Business » Energy | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 15:54

Bulgaria, Serbia to Ink Gas Connection Deal

Bulgaria's and Serbia's PMs Boyko Borisov and Ivica Dacic will sign Friday an agreement for the construction of a link between the natural gas networks of the two countries.

Business » Energy | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 15:52

3 Units of Varna Thermal Power Plant to Get Sulfur Purification Facilities

Czech power utility CEZ, owner of the “Varna” Thermal Power Plant, has informed about the launch of a project for reducing sulphur and nitrogen oxides emissions and dust particles at three units of the plant.

Business » Energy | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 14:48

Bulgaria's Faltering Military Giant Goes for All-out Strike

Thousands of workers of the largest Bulgarian military plant, the state-owned VMZ Sopot, are expected to start an effective strike on Thursday.

Business » Industry | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 08:08

Sofia Airport Center Grabs 2 of Bulgaria's 'Building of the Year' Awards

Tishman International Companies' Sofia Airport Center (SAC) has captured two awards in the 11th national "Building of the Year" contest, sponsored by the Bulgarian Ministry of Regional Development.

Business » Properties | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 15:57

Politics

Bulgarian Ex-President Slams Rulers for Saying Obama Likes Them

Former Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov (2002-2012) has slammed the ruling centrist-right GERB's statement that US President Barack Obama has endorsed Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.

Politics » Diplomacy | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 14:35

Bulgaria Condemns North Korea's Rocket Launch

Bulgaria has joined the long list of countries that have expressed concern over North Korea's missile launch on Wednesday.

Politics » Diplomacy | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 13:09

Bulgaria Pledges Full Support to Syrian Opposition Forces

Bulgaria's Deputy Foreign Minister Ivan Naydenov has declared his country's readiness to back the National Council of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces.

Politics » Diplomacy | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 11:57

PM Borisov: Macedonia Is Bulgaria's 'Best Friend'

Bulgaria remains resolutely friendly and supportive of Macedonia's EU and NATO bids, but insists that Macedonia fulfills all requirements beforehand, stated Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 20:55

FM: Bulgaria Strongly Supports Georgia's EU Bid

Georgia is firmly on track with progress towards EU membership, stated Bulgarian Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikolay Mladenov in Tbilisi Thursday.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 16:46

Ex EU Commissioner: Bulgaria Blundered by Blocking Macedonia's EU Talks Date

The Bulgarian state has made a mistake by declaring itself against the setting of a date for the start of Macedonia's EU accession talks, according Meglena Kuneva, Bulgaria's former EU Commissioner and chairperson of the Bulgaria for Citizens Movement.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 15:15

Bulgaria's GDP per Capita Just 44% of EU Average

Bulgaria's GDP per capita expressed in purchasing power standards is expectedly the lowest in the EU, amounting to just 46% of the average for the block for 2011.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 15:07

Former Bulgarian Presidents Slam EU Blocking of Macedonia

All three democratically elected former presidents of Bulgaria have criticized the country's decision to oppose the EU's setting a start date for accession negotiations with Macedonia.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 15:05

Bulgaria's R&D Spending Over Three Times Less than EU Average

Bulgaria can hardly be said to have an economy oriented toward new technology, given the meager resources allocated to research and development (R&D).

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 13:06

European Parliament Backs Financial Transaction Tax in 11 Countries

The European Parliament has approved the proposal of eleven EU countries to introduce a financial transaction tax (FTT).

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 09:55

Eurozone Bank Union Deal Agreed

European finance ministers have reached agreement on a eurozone banking union ahead of an EU summit in Brussels, BBC reported.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 07:49

Bulgaria's Ruling Party Pushes Back-Door Changes to Electoral System

At the Parliamentary elections in 2013, voters in Bulgaria will not have the right to rearrange party lists of MP candidates.

Politics » Domestic | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 12:06

Bomb Threats Close 2 Courts in Varna, 1 in Sofia

A little after 8 a.m. on Thursday, the 112 emergency phone line received a tip-off that bombs had been planted at two courts in Bulgaria's Black Sea city of Varna.

Politics » Domestic | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 10:41

Society

Sofia Hosts 108 Ghettos Inhabited by over 2000 People - Survey

A survey of UNICEF Bulgaria and the Sofia Municipality shows that the Bulgarian capital hosts at least 108 ghettos with a population of slightly over 2 thousand people in 11 residential districts.

Society | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 17:06

Bulgarian PM Admits He Was Sleepy at Nobel Prize Ceremony

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has admitted that he was quite tired during Monday's Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo.

Society | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 12:32

Code Orange over Severe Cold Declared for W Bulgaria

Bulgaria's national weather service has declared code orange over extremely cold weather expected Friday in the western Kyustendil and Pernik regions.

Society » Environment | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 19:55

Bulgaria Cracks under Record Cold

Four temperature records were registered Thursday morning by Bulgaria's national weather service, as a cold wave gripped the country.

Society » Environment | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 14:17

Bulgarian Health Committee Upholds Full Smoking Ban

Bulgaria's full smoking ban in closed public spaces survived on Thursday, as the parliamentary committee on health unanimously voted against lifting it.

Society » Health | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 17:41

Non-Smokers Rise Up Against Tobacco-Addicts in Bulgaria

Non-smokers are due to take to the streets of Bulgaria's capital on Thursday in protest against the proposed easing of the full ban on smoking in all enclosed public spaces, enforced as of June 1.

Society » Health | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 09:11

Sports

Hooligans End Challenge Cup Volleyball Game in Bulgaria

An European Challenge Cup volleyball match between host Levski Sofia of Bulgaria and Olympiakos of Greece was abandoned on Wednesday after home fans threw flares and other objects onto the court.

Sports | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 11:34

Crime

Bulgaria Top Cop Implicates Ex-Min's Son in Major VAT Scam

The son of a Bulgarian minister from the early 1990s is the ringleader of a major network for VAT draining, according to Bulgarian Minister of Interior Tsvetan Tsvetanov.

Crime | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 20:28

Bulgarian Court Releases Notorious 'Octopus' on House Arrest

Notorious Bulgarian businessman Aleksei Petrov, who is tried on numerous counts for organized crime, has been released from detention to a house arrest.

Crime | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 19:18

Bomb Threat Closes Mall in Sofia Yet Again

A fresh bomb threat Thursday evening has necessitated the evacuation of the Mall shopping center in Bulgarian capital Sofia.

Crime | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 18:14

Bulgarian Police Nab 12 Footballers for Illegal Betting

Police in major Bulgarian city of Burgas has arrested 12 football players from two local teams on suspicions of being involved in match fixing and organizing of illegal sports gambling.

Crime | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 17:45

British Pervert Fled to Bulgaria for 3 Years

A man fled to Bulgaria for three years after his cleaner found indecent photos of young girls on his computer.

Crime | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 08:43

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Customs Check

A customs officer enters a bus for a check.

Smiles | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 14:51

World

Russia Says Assad Is Losing Control

A Russian official has said for the first time that the Syrian government may be defeated by opposition forces.

World | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 16:43

UK Gives Green Light to Shale Gas 'Fracking'

Britain lifted its ban on shale gas exploration on Thursday, nearly a year and a half after it put a temporary stop to hydraulic fracturing.

World | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 13:52

Novinite Insider

'Spineful' Bulgarian Position on Macedonia (and EU) At Last!

I couldn't believe it when PM Borisov and President Plevneliev negotiated Bulgaria's first policy towards Macedonia since Ivan Kostov that isn't spineless:

Novinite Insider » Opinions | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 12:40

Reflections on the World's Monetary Mess

The Federal Reserve, the world's most important central bank, has a long history of creating aggregate demand bubbles in the United States (Niskanen 2003, 2006).

Novinite Insider » Expert Voices | December 13, 2012, Thursday // 08:51